Black Own Voices and Anti-Racist Teen Reading List

“Crawl toward judgment. Sprint toward understanding.” -Jason Reynolds

This summer as a nation, we have started to address many of the injustices that are still persistent in our nation, and with that, many of us have continued to read, learn, and grow to create a kinder, more compassionate, and intentional world. For those of you are still looking for more anti-racist reading, here are some titles to get you started. For those of you who are looking to take it to the next level, we also have some titles down below to celebrate Black Own Voices–because no group should be defined only by their pain and struggle. These books capture the holistic Black experience through multiple genres from romance, science-fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, and more! 

Shanon Barton works in Youth Services at the Kirkwood Public Library. She started volunteering for KPL when she was in 7th grade and loves that she gets to work there as her “real adult job.” When not hanging out in the stacks at work, she can be found at home watching Netflix, eating pizza rolls, and planning themed events with friends. If you catch her with her nose in a book, it will most likely be a YA historical fiction novel with some sprinkling of supernatural or magical elements.